50% off Select titles & merchandise

10% off all other titles

Thursday-Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 

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Save the Date

~ 'Be' Denemark Exhibit ~

March 2018

~OCHC Telethon ~ 

April 3, 2018

~Women in the Mohawk Valley: a History Conference ~ 

May 18-20, 2018

The Oneida County History Center has named Mary Bottini the 2017 Volunteer of the Year!  Volunteers, such as Mary, are vital to the daily operation and long-term care of the history center.  Mary was voted 2017 Volunteer of the Year by her co-volunteers, history center staff, and the Board of Trustees. 

Mary, a volunteer with over 7 years of dedicated service, is responsible for maintaining the history center's map collection and assists with bulk mailings, special events, fundraisers, telethon registration, and works multiple shifts at the OCHC satellite bookstore at Sangertown Square Mall each December. 
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Local History Book Sale- February  15th-17th

Welcome to the Oneida County History Center, where history is yours to discover, explore, and enjoy!
Membership is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Oneida County's past, present, and future.

Hours of Operation

Exhibits, Bookstore, & Research Library

Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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Make Your Mark in History 

The 35th Anniversary Edition of Joe Kelly's Sesquicentennial Scrapbook celebrates Utica's history in a series of fun and entertaining vignettes.  Originally written for a weekly column in the Observer-Dispatch to commemorate  the city's 150th anniversary.

The Balance of Justice: the Utica Streetcar Murder of 1872, a novel by local author Eileen Sullivan Hopsicker, is based on the fascinating life of one of upstate New York's most remarkable women. 

new to the ochc bookstore!

Programs & events

Saturday, January 13 at 1:00 PM- History Show & Tell- CANCELLED- New Date TBA.

History show & tell returns to OCHC.  Come share your story and the stage with special guest Frank Tomaino and your host, Joe Kelly.  Bring an old photograph, personal artifact, or other memorabilia.  Community members are invited ‘show & tell’ or just listen.  Free and open to all ages.

Saturday, January 20 at 1:00 PM- Let’s Throw some Stones! 150 Years of the Utica Curling Club

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Utica Curling Club and discover the rich history of curling with club President Roger Rowlett.  Established in 1868, the UCC is one of the oldest clubs in the United States.  This ice sport was first played on open-air rinks on Ballou Creek near Rutger Street in Utica.  Today the club’s state-of-the art facility hosts novice and competitive curlers from across the Northeast and the country.  Grab your friends and come learn about this unique sport with deep roots in Oneida County. 

Saturday, January 27 at 1:00 PM - What Happened to Downtown Rome? Urban renewal in Rome, NY 1958-1977

Between 1958 and 1977 the city of Rome underwent an aggressive urban renewal program covering over eighty acres that forever shaped the growth of the city. Patrick Reynolds, Educator at the Rome Historical Society, will discuss what worked, what didn’t, and why.

Saturday, February 3 from 1:00-3:00 PM-  African Americans in Times of War

The OCHC is proud to host the Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP Annual Black History Month Program. The national theme for 2018 focuses on African Americans in times of war.  This program will include guest speakers, poetry recitals, dance presentations, musical performances, and more. Details TBA.  

Saturday, February 10 at 1:00 PM- Poetry and History Songs with Cosby & Tom

Join Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle  for an original music program portraying the American Settlers during the Revolution as well as words of great poems put to melody.  A perfect way to pass a winter's day. 
Saturday, February 17 from 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM- Winter Book Sale & Open House

Join the history center President’s Day weekend for an open house and book sale.  Stock up on your favorite history books with 10% off all purchases, plus 50% off select titles and merchandise.  Open house will include behind the scenes tours of the history center archives and collections, free access to the research library, community information tables, door prizes, and more.  Free and family friendly.

2017 Living legends & Hall of fame 


mary bottini ~ 2017 volunteer of the year